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Paratrooper used a power tool to stop blood loss of man shot in robbery

Private First Class Patrick Montgomery was at the gas station next to Bragg Pawn Shop in Fayetteville, North Carolina, when seven to 10 gunshots rang out on the night of Nov. 30. “As I turned my truck around, I saw the pawn shop door all shot up,” Montgomery told Army Times. “I’m not sure what…

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Paratrooper used a power tool to stop blood loss of man shot in robbery

Private First Class Patrick Montgomery was at the gas station next to Bragg Pawn Shop in Fayetteville, North Carolina, when seven to 10 gunshots rang out on the night of Nov. 30.

“As I turned my truck around, I saw the pawn shop door all shot up,” Montgomery told Army Times. “I’m not sure what prompted me to respond, I just had a feeling that someone might need help, which they did.”

After calling the police, Montgomery approached the door and noticed a pool of blood on the ground. He then poked his head through the shattered door to make sure no shooters were still in the building.

That’s when he saw a “massive trail of blood leading from the door to behind the counter.”

“I then asked if anyone needed help, which is when I saw the owner pop his head up and collapse,” Montgomery recounted. ” I immediately broke more glass so I could fit in the door and ran to behind the counter, which is where I saw the owner bleeding out, clearly shot in his lower leg.”

Running toward the gunshots may not have been wisest choice, the soldier conceded, but local police said Montgomery’s actions helped save the life of the pawn shop’s co-owner.

Ron Ruple, 63, had been shot in the leg during a robbery, which is still under investigation by local law enforcement.

“I absolutely believe he played a part in saving the victim’s life,” said Det. Richard Vernon of the Fayetteville Police Department. “It probably wasn’t the smartest thing, but hey, I give him credit.”

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Vernon was one of the detectives on scene in the wake of the robbery.

He reviewed surveillance footage in the pawn shop that showed Montgomery entering the building through a door with broken glass and begin looking for a belt to use as a tourniquet, before ultimately going for a more unconventional item.

“After getting him on his back, I reached for my belt, only I wasn’t wearing one,” Montgomery said. “I noticed a shelf filled with power tools, so I ran over and grabbed a power tool with a cord, broke the zip-tie off of the tool and wrapped the cord around his leg and attempted to apply a makeshift tourniquet.”

While they waited for paramedics, the owner continued to slip in and out of consciousness.

Montgomery focused on keeping the man awake and talking, telling him everything would be fine and asking him to describe the shooter.

“His eyes where rolling backward by this time, so I screamed at him to stay with me,” Montgomery added. “Shortly after, the EMTs arrived. They later told me that if I hadn’t put the tourniquet on when I did, he would have died — that I saved his life.”

The owner is now in stable condition and was released from the hospital Wednesday.

There are plans to approve an award for the soldier, but the level of it has not yet been determined, according to Maj. Rich Foote, a spokesman for 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

Montgomery enlisted as an infantryman in December 2018. He graduated basic training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, before being assigned to Fort Bragg as his first duty assignment with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

“My plans going forward in my Army career are to continue to learn and strive to be the best soldier I can be as I continue further up the ranks,” Montgomery said.

“Being in the army will allow me to continue to support my beautiful wife and 3-month-old son,” he added.

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US military trashes unwanted gear in Afghanistan, sells as scrap

BAGRAM, Afghanistan — The twisted remains of several all-terrain vehicles leaned precariously inside Baba Mir’s sprawling scrapyard, alongside smashed shards that were once generators, tank tracks that have been dismantled into chunks of metal, and mountains of tents reduced to sliced up fabric. It’s all U.S. military equipment. The Americans are dismantling their portion of…

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BAGRAM, Afghanistan — The twisted remains of several all-terrain vehicles leaned precariously inside Baba Mir’s sprawling scrapyard, alongside smashed shards that were once generators, tank tracks that have been dismantled into chunks of metal, and mountains of tents reduced to sliced up fabric. It’s all U.S. military equipment. The Americans are dismantling their portion of nearby Bagram Air Base, their largest remaining outpost in Afghanistan, and anything that they are not taking home or giving to the Afghan military, they destroy as completely as possible. They do so as a security measure, to ensure equipment doesn’t fall into militant hands. But to Mir and the dozens of other scrap sellers around Bagram, it’s an infuriating waste. “What they are doing is a betrayal of Afghans. They should leave,” said Mir. “Like they have destroyed this vehicle, they have destroyed us.” As the last few thousand U.S. and NATO troops head out the door, ending their own 20-year war in Afghanistan, they are deep into a massive logistical undertaking, packing up bases around the country. They leave behind an Afghan population where many are deeply frustrated and angry. They feel abandoned to a legacy they blame at least in part on the Americans — a deeply corrupt U.S.-backed government and growing instability that could burst into brutal new phase of civil war. The bitterness of the scrapyard owners is only a small part of that, and it’s somewhat self-interested: they’re angry in part because they could have profited more selling intact equipment. But it’s been a common theme for the past two traumatic and destructive decades where actions the U.S. touted as necessary or beneficial only disillusioned Afghans who felt the repercussions. At Bagram, northwest of the capital Kabul, and other bases, U.S. forces are inventorying equipment that will be returned to America. Tens of thousands of metal containers, about 20 feet long, are being shipped out on C-17 cargo planes or by road through Pakistan and Central Asia. As of last week, 60 C-17s packed with equipment had already left Afghanistan. Officials are being secretive about what stays and what goes. Most of what is being shipped home is sensitive equipment never intended to stay behind, say U.S. Defense and Western officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to speak freely about departing troops. Sign up for the Early Bird Brief Get the military’s most comprehensive news and information every morning. 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Other equipment including helicopters, military vehicles, weapons and ammunition will be handed over to Afghanistan’s National Defense and Security Forces. Some bases will be given to them as well. One of those most recently handed over was the New Antonik base in Helmand province, where Taliban are said to control roughly 80 percent of the rural area. Destined for the scrap heap are equipment and vehicles that can neither be repaired nor transferred to Afghanistan’s security forces because of poor condition. So far about 1,300 pieces of equipment have been destroyed, said a U.S. military statement. There will be more before the final deadline for departure on Sept. 11, said one U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. The practice is not new. The same was done in 2014, when thousands of troops withdrew as the U.S. and NATO handed Afghanistan’s security over to Afghans. More than 387 million pounds of scrap from destroyed equipment and vehicles was sold to Afghans for $46.5 million, a spokeswoman for the military’s Defense Logistics Agency in Virginia said at the time. Last month, around the time President Joe Biden announced that America was ending it’s ‘forever war,” Mir paid nearly $40,000 for a container packed with 70 tons of trashed equipment. He’ll make money, he told The Associated Press, but it will be a fraction of what he could have made selling the vehicles if they’d been left intact, even if they weren’t in running condition. The parts would have been sold to the legions of auto repair shops across Afghanistan, he said. That can’t happen now. They’ve been reduced to mangled pieces of metal that Mir sells for a few thousand Afghanis. Sadat, another junk dealer in Bagram, who gave only one name, says similar scrap yards around the country are crammed with ruined U.S. equipment. “They left us nothing,” he said. “They don’t trust us. 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Nearby were fuel bags and gutted generators, tank tracks and gnarled pieces of metal that looked like the undercarriage of a vehicle. “They destroyed our country and now they are giving us their garbage,” said gray-bearded Hajji Gul, another junk dealer. “What are we to do with this?” AP Writer in Washington Lolita Baldor contributed to this report.

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Desert Storm Vets Get National Memorial The National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial will be built near the Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials. It is expected to be built in time for the 30th anniversary of the 1991 Gulf War battles. A nonprofit group that has spearheaded efforts to erect a memorial to Operation Desert…

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The site location plan for The National Desert Storm War Memorial Association memorial to be built near the National Mall in Washington. (NDSWMA) “Given the fact that the maximum number of people would be able to visit this, we felt location was paramount,” Stump said. That meant limiting some of the early design features that may have risen higher than allowed and also navigating a more lengthy approval process due to the location. “We’re not just interested in visibility, but ‘visit-ability,’” Stump said. Along the way, the foundation raised nearly $10 million of the anticipated $40 million price tag, partly through site award money and nearly half through donations by individuals, businesses, foreign governments and Veterans Service Organizations, according to the NDSWMA. The government of Kuwait has pledged $10 million to the project. 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How bad is DoD’s domestic abuse problem? Unclear, thanks to data gaps, auditors say

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In addition, officials agreed to explore other recommendations such as developing a quality assurance process for reporting accurate data; and developing a communications plan to increase awareness of different reporting options and resources for abuse victims. Because they don’t collect data on all domestic abuse allegations, “DoD is unable to assess the scope of alleged abuse and its rate of substantiation,” the auditors stated. DoD hasn’t collected comprehensive data about the number of allegations of domestic violence, which has been required by law since 1999, and data on actions taken by commanders in response to those allegations. Domestic violence is a subcategory of different types of domestic abuse that constitute criminal offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. 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Domestic abuse in the military has been a concern among lawmakers and advocates for more than 20 years, and lawmakers have pushed for the military to hold offenders accountable. “Domestic abuse can result in devastating personal consequences and societal costs, and according to DoD is incompatible with military values and reduces mission readiness,” auditors noted. Besides the issues with data collection and reporting, auditors identified gaps in DoD’s and the services’ implementation and oversight of actions in response to reports of domestic abuse; inconsistencies in screening of abuse reports, and gaps in training for key personnel such as commanders and senior enlisted advisers on their responsibilities in responding to these allegations. In their research, conducted from September, 2019 to May, 2021, auditors interviewed 68 domestic abuse survivors; interviewed DoD and service officials, including legal, law enforcement, family advocacy, medical, chaplains and others; analyzed data, policies and guidance; assessed documents from a “nongeneralizable” sample of 20 military installations such memorandums of understanding with local law enforcement officials. They also listened by phone to each service’s Incident Determination Committee process, where each installation determines whether an incident meets DOD’s criteria for domestic abuse—at a total of 12 installations, three per military service. The auditors issued 32 recommendations to DoD and the services to help them “improve their ability to consistently identify instances of abuse and provide available safety measures and resources to servicemembers and families affected by abuse.” Digging into the screening decisions being made about the incidents, GAO auditors found “the military services perform limited monitoring of installation incident-screening decisions, and therefore lack reasonable assurance that all domestic abuse allegations are screened in accordance with DoD policy.” Among the 68 military-affiliated survivors of domestic abuse, the minimum amount of time the abuse had occurred was one year; the longest amount of time being abused was 25 years. Of the 68 survivors, 60 said they had reported the abuse to the military or to civilian law enforcement, and 8 said they had not reported the abuse to the military or to civilian law enforcement. Other findings: • 59 survivors said they experienced barriers to reporting the abuse. The most common barriers cited were being dependent on the abuser for financial resources; feeling their report wouldn’t be believed or taken seriously; concern about the impact to the abuser’s career; and fearing retaliation from the abuser. • Asked about their motivation for reporting the abuse, the most common reasons the victims cited were protecting their children, fear for their own safety, and escalating abuse. • 8 of the 68 survivors interviewed said they tried to report the abuse, but believed no action was taken. Some survivors described feeling ignored or not taken seriously, or that the person they reported the incident to tried to defend the actions of their abuser. In some cases, survivors described negative actions that resulted from these attempts to report, such as being ridiculed by members of their abuser’s command or unit. • The survivors described a range of responses to their reports of domestic abuse from the command, including senior enlisted advisers. Some survivors described positive actions, such as issuing a protective order or taking disciplinary action against the alleged abuser, while others said the command took no action, or took an action that was negative for the survivor or positive for the alleged abuser. • Chaplains have varying degrees of training in responding to domestic abuse, and the survivors described a wide variety of responses. For example, one survivor said a chaplain provided commissary gift cards to ease the financial burden, and another said the chaplain helped keep the abuser out of the house while the survivor prepared to leave. But another survivor reported being deterred from reporting the abuse to others because of the chaplain’s lack of action or support. One chaplain advised “thinking hard before reporting abuse, because of the potential effect on the service member’s career,” the auditors reported. Chaplains also reported varying degrees of confidence in their family advocacy program. “Chaplains at one installation told us they would hesitate to refer a victim to FAP because they are not confident FAP services will result in a positive outcome,” the auditors wrote. “Similarly, although some chaplains stated they would share information about FAP and encourage victims to self-refer, others stated they had more confidence referring servicemembers to other resources, such as financial education or substance abuse counseling.” The auditors recommended that DoD take steps to specify learning objectives or content requirements for chaplain training on domestic abuse. Defense officials will look at the feasibility of coordinating with the military departments’ chaplain corps to do this, according to the DoD response. Among other recommendations: • DoD should take steps to improve the guidance and process for submitting reports on domestic abuse allegations, including those that don’t meet DoD’s criteria for abuse, and expand the analysis of those allegations; • DoD should evaluate responsibilities for tracking domestic violence and related actions by commanders; • The services should take steps to make sure regulations are clear: that violation of civilian protective orders is punishable under the UCMJ; • The services should develop a process to consistently monitor how the allegations of domestic abuse are screened at installations; • The services should provide additional guidance or sample training materials for installation-level commander and senior enlisted adviser domestic abuse training. • The services should take steps to develop a process for installation family advocacy offices to enter into memorandums of understanding with local civilian authorities regarding investigating reports of domestic abuse.

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